A.E. asks from Saint Paul, MN on April 16, 2008
Teeth Grinding in Babies
Hi, Moms! I have an 8-month old who is currently growing in his top 2 teeth (he already has the bottom 2). He recently discovered the art of grinding his teeth together. It's driving us crazy!! Is there any way I can discourage him from making this a habit before he does any damage to those brand new pearly whites?
T.B. answers from St. Cloud on April 17, 2008
My son is 4 and still grinds his teeth. According to his dentist it is not a problem until they get their permanant teeth. At that time is when they usually give them a bite guard or correct it in some way. I agree with you as to it driving a person crazy!!!!!
C.B. answers from Des Moines on April 17, 2008
I have twin 7yr old boys that did the same thing. When they were two they had their first dental appt., and I asked the dentist about. He informed me it was normal and had to do with them growing their teeth. It was really bad when they slept. They eventually grew out of it.
T.N. answers from Minneapolis on April 17, 2008
Isnt' that an aweful noise?? My kids are now 6 & 4 and they both still occasionally do that when they sleep. They used to do it constantly while they slept. I asked our dentist about it and she said that it is very common in little ones - something about their mouths adjusting to the teeth and growing.... Hopefully they will outgrow it. In the meantime you may need to get earplugs!
B.B. answers from Minneapolis on April 17, 2008
He'll outgrow it. But for now you could give him a cold, clean, wet washcloth to chew on when he starts to grind. Or just a teething ring or something.
K.H. answers from Des Moines on April 17, 2008
Hi A.! I just went through this and asked the same question!! Here is the link to my page of responses - bottom line its perfectly normal and he'll stop soon!
K.S. answers from Rochester on April 17, 2008
My son does this too (he is now 9 mths) and I spoke with my dentist about it. He said that it is perfectly normal for babies to do this and that it's just a fun new thing they learn to do. He said it would pass fairly quickly and that typically no damage is done.
H.R. answers from Rapid City on April 17, 2008
The best advice I can give is to try distraction methods. Whenever he starts grinding his teeth, get his attention and turn it towards some other activity. You need to watch it too... and if he continues (particularly in his sleep) you may need to seek out massage therapy (for TMJ), a dentist for additional advice, or a psychologist for stress reduction advice. For now it's most likely he just figured out how to do it... but if it continues to be a long-term problem, it should be looked into further.
M.D. answers from Minneapolis on April 16, 2008
Hello, I was very happy to read this..My son is 10 mos, and has recently discovered this same art. I too am unsure of how to discourage this. So far i have done nothing, but distract him. When he starts to grind I give him his teething ring or paci.. It seems to help a little.
A.M. answers from Minneapolis on April 16, 2008
My son, now almost 11 months, got his teeth very early, around 4 months. He is also a teeth-grinder. I asked his pediatrician about it, and she said not to worry about it. It's a good idea to distract them when they're doing it so that they do something else, which you said you're already doing. My little guy has now almost stopped it completely, but I know, it's kind of an unnerving sound! Take care.
M.W. answers from Wausau on April 17, 2008
I also have a teeth grinding baby. He got his first two teeth at 3 months. After that they have been coming in twos. He is now 10 months old and is cutting his 10th tooth! My husband and I found that when he is grinding his teeth it's usually because they are bothering him. The obvious choice is to rub teething medicine on his gums. We found something better though. We give Aiden a carrot! I buy the biggest,fattest carrots I can find. Use only the big ones, not the baby ones. I clean it and cut it into a 3 to 4 inch section(use the fat end). He gets nutrition, doesn't grind his teeth and it also helps his teeth come in faster because he is using them. Good luck and happy chewing!